A popular computer technology that designers use is CAD, which stands for “computer-aided design.” CAD facilitates professionals in designing objects, real or virtual, and is commonly used in place of manual technical and engineering drawings. Industries that use CAD include automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, industrial, architectural, prosthetics, and multimedia. And the reason CAD is such a popular technology across a wide variety of industries is because of the many benefits it offers in comparison to manual drafting.
The first benefit of using CAD is an increase of productivity in designers. As opposed to manual drawings, designers can produce drafts with CAD much faster, and a higher productivity in designers means that the number of designers a firm needs to hire reduces. This results in lower personnel costs, while the product designs are of a higher quality.
And faster designers are, the more competitive a firm can be. CAD gives firms the edge they need to make quick changes and fast designs so that they can introduce their designs and launch their products into the market before the competition does.
CAD also results in designs that are higher in quality and contain fewer errors than manual drafts. This is largely because with CAD, design and analysis tasks are performed at the same time, so improvements to the design can be made while the designer is drafting.
The use of CAD technology leads to a variety of benefits that can help several different industries be more competitive in their fields, increase profits, and be more successful.